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Broken Ducky Shine 3, possible fix? Please help.

post #1 of 16
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Hey guys,

This is going to be an embarrassing post. Long story short, When I left for work, I forgot to lock my room, my nephew appears to have pulled the Ducky off the table by the USB cord and what is shown in the images happened. frown.gif

http://s4.postimg.org/ajcyl4vp9/20140317_102618.jpg

http://s4.postimg.org/vdpb2yq2l/20140317_102631.jpg


This is the only damage I have seen so far. Because of the way the micro usb port is bent, I cannot plug my wire to check if the keyboard works. It appears that just the casing itself is messed up and the internals are all fine.

Should I take off the microusb metal bit to try inserting a cable to check if it works or would this make things even worse? I called Mechanical Keyboards and they said this will cost me about $70 but if there's any internal damage aswell, that'll be extra. (Half the cost is the shipping itself, which is kinda annoying) .

I have three questions:

1 - For anybody living around the NYC area, do you know of a place that may replace the casing to solve this issue?
2 - Is there any place at all that I can order a casing for the Keyboard?
3 - Should I just send it to Mechanical Keyboards?

Please help me with this issue. I don't know what steps to follow. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 16
Well, for the plastic case, plastic epoxy should be able to patch it back together fairly easily and still be very solid. As far as stock replacement cases, I don't know of any.

As far as the connection, its pretty bad. you could try to plug the cable back in and see if it still registers, but looks unlikely, and if you send it in they will need to replace that jack, so that $70 price is going to be higher than you think. The proper way to fix it would be to desolder the busted one and replace it.


Good news though, ( I don't own a ducky so i'm not 100% sure ) but I think the jack is not directly connected to the PCB, and if so, you could easily just make the keyboard hard wired. )

The easy and cheap fix is to just epoxy it back together, and make the cable hard wired in. Otherwise, looks like you're out $70+ to fix it or just buy a replacement.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey Jixr,

Thanks so much for replying. The jack itself does not appear to be damaged. The inside is intact, the port is the only thing that appears to be damaged/bent. I will try to see if it works at home. How may I go about making the Keyboard hardwired?
post #4 of 16
well, if its anything like some of the other keyboards i've messed with ( i'm still not sure since I don't own a ducky ) basically all you need to do is nip the wires that is connected to the jack, and solder them together for a donated USB cable. there would be 4 wires, and match them up color to color.

( though this would void your warranty, and MK would probably not repair it if you attempted this )
post #5 of 16


if the jack is connected to the pcb like how it is in the pic above, you're pretty boned, but if its like this


you can hard wire it. ( the wires connect to the jack, and you just connect white to white, red to red, etc. of the usb cable )
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks again sir! I will check this out tonight.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey Jixr,

I am sorry for bothering you again. Last question I promise =) . Would it be beneficial to simply sell the keyboard parts? If so, how much do you think I could sell the keyboard as it is for?
post #8 of 16
I don't think many people would buy keyboard parts, or at least enough to make it justifiable after shipping costs and fees. It looks pretty bad to me.

Personally, if that happened to me I'd make his parents pay for it. These keyboards are not cheap and parents should be held responsible for their kids breaking things. If my kid broke something at someone's house, i'd offer to replace it immediately... and if they didn't... more reason not to feel bad by asking/telling them to. There's no way i'd pay $70 to repair the damage of a keyboard caused by someone else's kid.

If the damage was my fault, I think i'd just buy a new one instead of paying $70 + shipping + possible hidden fees to get it possibly repaired. tongue.gif
Edited by Murlocke - 3/17/14 at 11:44am
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post #9 of 16
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Yeah, I was thinking of just buying a new one if it's not fixable. I mean, I'm already paying half. Might as well get a new one. I mean, I was looking to sell this for like $50 at least for all the internals, LEDs, etc. I may just keep it then and just buy a new one and mess around with it, idk.
Edited by Kevinbelmont - 3/17/14 at 12:16pm
post #10 of 16
people would buy it, I'd buy it.

1. it should be fixable, so there is a bit of desire there
2. people could harvest the switches, keycaps, plate, and possibly the PCB

The deal is the price, I'd hate for it to be thrown out, but yeah, once shipping is considered, you may not get hardly anything for it, depending on the switches it has and the LED color, since DS3's are getting hard to find.

I'd glue it back together, fiberglass the inside of the case, sand and paint the exterior, hardwire or replace the jack, and throw some custom paint on it and BOOM!
epic custom DS3
( i do miss my red board lol )

Edited by Jixr - 3/17/14 at 12:10pm
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